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2.2. Intelligence: Adding understanding to the data of consciousness

            When data is present to your consciousness, your intelligence comes into play to make sense out of it. You find their connections to what is familiar to you in the past (memory). You try to name it and understand it. Your mind has questions: What, When, Where, How and Why. When something is present to the consciousness, we seek to understand it and form hypothesis as to what it is and why it is. This hypothesis could be realistic and helpful or very subjective and self defeating.

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2. Awareness of our faculties that leads to self-transcendence

            When you were born, you were not aware of yourself, nor of the world in which you were born in. You must have had an undifferentiated consciousness, being one with your mother. But gradually you began to open up to the world of people and things in the measure that you began to have a differentiated consciousness, an “I” different from your mum and others. This process of differentiation took place through the personal contact that your mum, dad and others had with you. You began to name things in order to distinguish one from the other. You became familiar with people and things through the retention of memory and the subsequent recognition of them. Your journey as a fertilized egg towards what you are today has been a marvellous growth of knowing and relating with the world of people and things around you.

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A program of self-awareness and self formation

Mathew Vattamattam cmf.

 “Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be yours as well” Mt. 6.33

1. Introduction

            One of the most beautiful aspect of formation is the joy and pain of the discovery of the self and the attainment of interior freedom. This is a progressive process of self possession and self donation which is central to our consecration to Jesus and commitment to his mission. We cannot give to another what we do not possess. Our religious consecration becomes more meaningful in the measure that we progressively have possession of the mystery of our own self and surrender it in willing obedience to the Spirit of God working in us.

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